Gerard De Lairesse
(1640 - 1711)
Gerard De Lairesse was active/lived in Holland, Belgium. Gerard Lairesse is known for painting.
Biography Gerard De Lairesse
An outspoken champion of academic art, Gérard de Lairesse was renowned
during his lifetime as a painter and admired also in the last decade of
his life - after he suddenly went blind in 1690 - as a critic and art
Son of the painter Renier de Lairesse, Gérard was born in 1640
in Liège where he trained until his early twenties, when a love affair
gone wrong forced him to flee the city. Soon afterwards he made his way
to Amsterdam, where he became involved in a society of painters
fascinated by French civilization and art, and his classicizing style
earned him the nickname "Dutch Poussin".
In 1655 he sat for Rembrandt
(fig. 1); in the years that followed, De Lairesse's reputation as a
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